When the old year ends and the new year begins, you see everyone reviewing what’s been done and what’s going to happen. I’m no different. I want to see what we, the Mews Tech Community Team, have accomplished in 2022. Of course, you know what happened. You were there. But scrolling all the way back to what happened in January is a great exercise that makes you appreciate the work even more.
And I’ll be honest with you, I’m doing this mainly for the team and me to have a complete overview of the work done. But, at the same time, I plan to provide all the links for blog posts and meetup recordings and, more importantly, give credit to all my amazing colleagues who contributed to a more affluent tech community. So, it won’t just be a random list of numbers that, without context, don’t make sense to you or me. And I hope that everyone who’s been following our work, as well as those just finding out about us, will benefit from this piece and find valuable and inspirational content.
But I will share one number that makes me very happy and proud. We, as community managers, are “just” the enablers, cheerleaders, negotiators, and producers. All the knowledge, experiences, talks, and articles need to come from (and for) the community we serve and are a part of. So the number I would like to share with you is 73. That’s the number of people from the technical department who were part of this all in some capacity. They wrote blog posts, talked at meetups and conferences, engaged with the attendees at various tech fairs, and mentored or coached. They were interviewed for magazines and podcasts, gave lectures at universities, or built custom keyboards for the winners of our competitions. And just to put the number of people engaged into perspective, in January 2022, we had 108 people in the tech department and 183 at the end of the year.
On top of all the engagement from people in the tech department, the last year marked much tighter relationships and partnerships with peers across other departments. Mainly talent acquisition, product management, and design and marketing.
And for all of this, thank you. It’s a pleasure working with you, and I can’t wait for January 2024, when I will perform a similar exercise about 2023.
Disclaimer, when there is a 🍺 icon, it indicates that the piece is only in the Czech language.
- Community management… what’s the point? by Jan Meissner
- Paired Sourcing: Why is it important? by Jack Lawrence
- CZECHarna Petra Beneše with Honza Široký 🍺
- Infrastructure as Code @ .NET.CZ Podcast with Richard Schäfer 🍺
- A new look for our event banners
- It was time for a fresh look. Now it’s also fully customizable using Figma, so we don’t have to bother designers every time.
- Started using Talkbase for our events and community
- The tool for community builders is here, and we were proud Beta users who turned into full users! We love it, and we love the cooperation with the team and the speed of adjustments and help we get from them.
- Datová analýza může být kreativní. Vyprávím příběhy pomocí čísel @Heroine with Markéta Lourenco 🍺
- Regional partnership with Czechitas kicked off.
- We supported one digital academy back in 2021, and the cooperation and purpose were so great that signing a year-long partnership was a no-brainer. Not only are you part of a positive change in the industry, but it gives our colleagues the huge added value of mentoring and coaching. It’s rewarding to see that over the short period of our partnership, we were already able to hire three amazing alumnae!
- Jiří Vinárek, Guillermo Kolremer, Danica Cortez, Markéta Lourenco & Vojtěch Kopal were mentors and coaches at the semester-long Czechitas Digital Academy: Data.
- Why I implanted an RFID chip in my hand by Adam Britton
- Finding a full-time remote working role by David Black
- How to give your career growth a boost and unleash your resources by Rasheed Raya
- Increasing payment terminal performance with optimism by Matthijs Lanser
- Jak na budování komunity @ ProgramHRování with Jan Meissner 🍺
- Teaching managers how to swim @ ETC meetup #2 by Marian Kamenišťák with Wrike & Atlassian
- Leadership talk @ SCRIPTease with Marian Kamenišťák 🍺
- Understanding index fragmentation in SQL Server by Stanislav Kuřík
- Guest journey: Get ready for zoomers by Jakub Kopřiva
- Linqpad – the virtual scratchpad you never knew you wanted (until now) by Jiří Petržílka
- TechUncoverd: Z Matfyzu k CTO by Honza Široký with Rossum, Apify & Jakub Nešetřil 🍺
- A side project to “tweak” our check-in kiosk for interactive use at our career and conference booths. You can read more about it in September’s NFC blog post. With Kirill Bubochkin, Natalia Bubochkina, Václav Šír & Michal Vacek.
- Bookmarklets: Automate boring web tasks by Vladimír Zdražil
- How to write custom ESLint rules by Daria Doronina
- From Developer to a Leader @ Pipedrive Talks by Honza Široký
- Frontend Performance Monitoring using New Relic @ Frontendisti by Alexander Smirnov
- Softwarové inženýrství v praxi @ Matfyz by Jan Břešťan 🍺
- Job Fair at Matfyz with Vojtěch Kopal, Matúš König, Michal Vacek, Petr Bambušek, Fína Mádrová, Alexander Smirnov & Jack Lawrence.
- Job Fair at ČVUT with Jakub Tkadleček, Marian Kamenišťák, Vít Samek, Gabriela Řehoutová, Jack Lawrence, Linh Le, Jan Tauš & Maksym Kriventsev.
- Blog post workshop & documentation
- We write a lot of blog posts… That’s why, along with our external copywriter Alaa El-Shaarawi, we put together a workshop which we turned into an “open source” resource on GitHub for everyone to get inspired.
- Svíčková sideproject @ Productboard Frontend Meetup by Aaron Barnett
- Community Management workshop @ Holky z Marketingu by Gabriela Řehoutová 🍺
- Firemní seminář @ Matfyz by Honza Široký 🍺
- First tech family outing in Prague
- Yep, we’re not getting any younger, so one sunny afternoon we got together for minigolf, football golf, and beach volleyball. And it was up to you if you come on your own or bring your partner or the little ones.
- Interview for UK Forum magazine by Jan Meissner & Josef Starýchfojtů 🍺
- Purchased the famous claw machine
- When you scroll down to December, you can watch the talk by Gabriela Řehoutová, where you’ll find out more. But I have to say one big thank you to Lukáš Kratochvíl, who is always ready to come with his old van and help with big things that need to be brought from A to B.
- Compile-time functional programming in TypeScript by Alexander Smirnov
- Helping you Solve Dynamic Calculation of Sums with Looker’s “Date_Filter” by Danica Cortez
- Quality Assurance at Mews: Going Above and Beyond by Nuno Reigota
- Is Entity Framework Hurting Your Database? By Stanislav Kuřík
- From Individual Contributor to Engineering Manager: Before you start by Václav Ryška
- Roundtable discussion: How to find time for technical improvements @ Webexpo by Pavel Kalandra
- Roundtable discussion: From developer to manager @ Webexpo by Jakub Tkadleček
- Working in a product trio by Jakub Tkadleček, Aldair Borges & Zuzana Hrušovská
- How to motivate and engage employees to be community active @ Community Builders World with Jan Meissner with Coca-Cola & Productboard
- Community as a Product workshop @ Community Builders World by Jan Meissner
- Booth at the Webexpo with Václav Šír, Václav Kučera, Kirill Bubochkin, Vitalij Vaščenko, Tomáš Rendl, Honza Široký, Marek Třešňák, Petr Bambušek, Alexander Smirnov, Jakub Šalmík, Aldair Borges & Natalia Bubochkina.
- Big thanks mainly to Natalia, who is not only our amazing QA Engineer but also the resident photographer at most of our events.
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- MMA, MTG, CS:GO… Lukas’ life in abbreviations by Jan Meissner about Lukáš Bastian
- From Developer to Engineering Manager @ ECCEDU by Ondřej Heřmánek & Vít Samek
- Mechanical Keyboard meetup hosted in the office. It may sound like a stretch to organize such an event, but… mechanical keyboards are a big part of our culture. When you’re in the office, you can hear many different types of clicky sounds (and keyboard designs). It’s mainly thanks to Václav Kučera, whose big hobby is talking about and creating these masterpieces. Thanks to him, we were able to have really cool gifts for visitors at our fairs and conferences.
- Czechitas summer school for high school students by Linh Le & Markéta Lourenco. 20+ high school girls spending their summer learning to code paid us a visit, and we were happy to tell them a bit more about what it’s like to work in a tech company.
- Flutter, the game engine… by Michal Mlejnek
- Get the best out of your candidates in the hiring process by Josef Starýchfojtů
- 8 things to expect as a working mom of an infant by Gabriela Řehoutová
- TechUncovered: Platform Engineering by Pepa Starýchfojtů with Productboard, Pipedrive & Kiwi.com
- Zero downtime deployment s EntityFramework @ WUG Days by Vít Samek 🍺
- A badminton tournament in Prague was won by Ondřej Heřmánek, but only because the former professional Jakub Bitman played just for fun.
- Booth at the WUG Days in Brno with Václav Hanselka, Václav Kučera, Marek Třešňák, Vít Samek, Radek Zahradník, Petr Koutný, Martin Sušil & Gabriela Řehoutová.
- Vojta Kopal, Zuzana Nedělková, Emre Karabulut & Iris Yip mentored at the semester-long Czechitas Digital Academy: Data.
- Lucie Olmrová & Jakub Bitman coached at the Czechitas Digital Academy: Testing.
- Jane Tetenova mentored refugees from Ukraine as part of Czechitas.
- Hana Špačková & Lucie Olmrová participated in a Poznej Digitální Akademii by Czechitas to motivate other women to get into the world of IT.
- How important are personal relationships and empathy in organizations? By Michael Ruml
- Inside Mews’ buddy system: Stories from our team by Jan Meissner, Gal Granov, Lukáš Kratochvíl, Lucie Olmrová, Jakub Bitman, Markéta Lourenco, Jane Tetenova & Richard Schäfer
- Writing RFCs: Our best practices and their benefits by Petr Bambušek
- Budování komunity s impactem @ Ostrava Brunch & Networking by Jan Meissner 🍺
- Intro to Looker @ DataMesh meetup by Vojtěch Kopal
- How is QA/QE done in tech companies? @ Quality Engineering Meetup By Renat Kulalov with Productboard & DNAnexus
- Cesta od lingvistiky k datové analýze @ junior.guru podcast by Markéta Lourenco 🍺
- Co je to Pulumi a jak ho v Mews integrujeme @ TechMeetup Ostrava Conference by Richard Schäfer & Stanislav Kuřík 🍺
- The difference between EM and Senior EM @ Engineering Leadership Meetup with Martin Sušil with Productboard & Pipedrive
- Engineering Management @ MUNI by Honza Široký 🍺
- Booth at the TechMeetup Conference in Ostrava with Filip Maceček, Filip Pindej, Václav Ryška, Jan Serafín, Miroslav Veis & Lukáš Bechný.
- Engineering Management: From IC to manager and back with Václav Ryška with Deepnote & Jakub Beneš
- Data Talk podcast by Vojtěch Kopal 🍺
- How a product trio at Mews went from sales and engineering driven to product and customer led @ Product Perspectives podcast by Jakub Tkadleček, Aldair Borges & Zuzana Hrušovská
- Evolution of the first public API in the hospitality industry @ kontent.ai meetup by Peter Vitéz
- Lidé z IT si dnes firmy hodně lustrují @ LMC NaHRávky podcast by Jan Meissner
- The booth & the machine(s) @ Community Chatter by Gabriela Řehoutová
- Booth at the SiliconMilkroundabout London career fair with Ayman Soliman, Jack Lawrence, Dominic Blythe, David Black, Chris Thorp, Daniel Brezoi, Tatiana Kurenkova, Isabel Ruiz, Andrew Star, Anita Cairns, Naomi Voet, Megan Kemp & Jakub Šalmík.
- How to get Web Summit right: The Mews survival guide by Markéta Lourenco, Danica Lourenco, Jane Tetenova & Sanda Moldovan
- Overcoming information overload by Michael Ruml
- QA vs Developer Mindset: Art of effective communication by Anastasiia Prokopeva & moderated by Natalija Slavkovska
- Extended our junior.guru mentoring workforce. We’ve been part of Honza Javorek’s community for a while now. It connects people who want to get into IT with experienced engineers and other IT professionals. We offer mentoring opportunities to anyone who wants to get better at specific topics or understand if working in tech is the right fit. With Daria Doronina, Markéta Lourenco, Jakub Šmagin, Jan Hrubý, Jiří Šteidl, Jan Tauš, Václav Ryška, Jakub Bitman & Linh Le.
OK, this exercise was a bit longer than I expected, and I hope I didn’t forget anyone. The role of those working with communities should be (in my opinion) connecting, enabling, cheerleading, and negotiating. I’ll talk about this more in another post, hopefully.
But what’s ahead of us in 2023? What do we have to look forward to?
We have strong foundations of what we, as a community, represent, what topics are close to our hearts, and what we want to achieve. And even if there were a couple of events outside of Prague, you can see that we’ve still been very much active in the Czech capital. And it makes sense. It’s where we come from as a company and where we still have the majority of our tech department. However, this is changing, and with that, so are our plans for 2023. We’ll still have most of our events here, but more and more will be in regions where we have an ever-growing presence. Specifically the UK, Spain, Netherlands, Croatia, and other cities within the Czech Republic.
Another thing is to support people to attend conferences both as speakers and as “just” attendees. It’s not something that we’ve been doing much in the past couple of years. And in cooperation with the engineering leadership, we want to broaden the horizons, knowledge and connections of our colleagues. Along with that, one big topic for the upcoming year is customer centricity. We need to find more ways for engineers, analysts, and scientists to get to know and meet our clients and hospitality professionals both inside and outside of Mews.
So now you know what we accomplished as a community last year and what’s in store for this one. Are we going to see you in our 2023 edition? 👀